Excerpt: Homefront is not an especially pretty game. The graphics are jaggy and it looks more like a game that would have come out a few years ago. Some of the anatomy of the characters you'll interact with looks a little disturbing. For instance, Rianna, the female resistance fighter you'll work with most often, has a strangely ripped torso made to make her look super fit, but instead, it just looks "off.
Conclusion: Incredibly rough around the edges, wasteful of unique opportunities, and light on content, we quite frankly question the longevity of this title. But you know what? There are worse games you could spend your money on. If you want something different yet familiar whilst you wait for Battlefield 3 or the next COD maps, give this a go.
Excerpt: hard to be something it doesn’t quite have the fortitude to be. It has the foundation; it has the correct vision; it has the ambition to be something great. It just doesn’t have the chops. Perhaps a fair analogy would be an amateur athlete that works like a dog, that hits the gym at 6 a.m. and is the first guy on the practice field, but just doesn’t have the raw talent to hit the big time.
Conclusion: 'Kaos' may have been trying to spread their wings a bit, but the overall story in the campaign may have clipped their wings, more so with an abrupt ending. As interesting and deep as the SP world and MP gameplay can be, it's a tad outclassed by the rest.
Excerpt: Homefront, THQ's much-buzzed about bid to take on the first-person shooter big boys, sets up a scary-real, future-fiction scenario. A nuclear weapons-wielding North Korea has united with South Korea, overtaken Japan, and crippled the US military with a nationwide EMP blast. Coupled with a severe economic downturn and unexpected spread of a lethal virus, the United States is left vulnerable to occupation by this relentless, rising superpower.
Summary: Homefront, with its gripping premise and well-orchestrated battles, is all about ambiance and emotion. This is a great starting point for a new series, and if Kaos Studios can fix some of the minor issues, Homefront could potentially topple its well-established competition.
Pros: Highly emotional and exciting battles, Terrific depiction of a war-torn America, The multiplayer battle points system makes for epic competition
Cons: The A.I. creates in-game frustration, Multiplayer could use additional modes, Graphics are fairly muted and quickly become bland
Homefront Is A Worthy Fight Undermined By Lack Of Polish
15 March 2011
Conclusion: Concept: After an economic and military collapse, America is invaded by a unified Korea
Graphics: Ugly low-res textures, wooden characters, and stagnant lighting all contribute to the noticeably dated graphics
Sound: Get ready for a lot of second-guessing from your fellow resistance fighters
Playability: Competent shooting controls, but getting caught up on environmental objects is easy, so watch your step
Entertainment: THQ and Kaos developed an interesting concept, but...
Summary: War on American soil isn't a foreign concept for first-person shooters, but few do it with the grim dedication of Homefront. Its chilling vision of life in occupied America is vividly illustrated through lengthy scenes that depict the brutality of military subjugation and the desperation of its victims.
Pros: Unflinching representation of military occupation, Some very memorable moments, Well-crafted online multiplayer
Cons: Very short campaign ends abruptly, Action feels overly familiar, Multiplayer makes no use of intriguing setting